On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter
"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY CAN DO FOR YOU;
ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COMMUNITY"
A throng of thousands from throughout the community stepped out to the Knights of Columbus last Sunday to show their love, support, and community solidarity for all those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack. This special Memorial, a celebration of the lives lost, as well as of those who are left to endure, was sponsored by a collaborative effort between the Restaurant and Tavern Owners of Rockaway.
The warmth, generosity, strength, and community spirit displayed at this benefit was unprecedented. In our sorrow, as well as in our pride as a community, we were all one. The event was made possible by such local pubs as Curran's, Healy's, The Blarney and Sugar Bowl in Breezy, Jameson's, The Irish Circle, Boggiano's, R.B.I., The Harbor Light, The Beach Club, and The Grassy Point in Broad Channel. Food, T shirts, and other items were donated by the Chamber of Commerce, McDonald's, and other organizations. More than fifty thousand dollars was raised.....and still counting! All proceeds collected will be donated and distributed to all our local families who lost loved ones. Margaret Wagner, on behalf of the Broad Channel Athletic Club, presented a check for $3000 raised by the club, as well as through the Jack Monaghan Tournament. Since there was not an area in Rockaway or Broad Channel that escaped tragic loss, every organization, school, and parish rendered its expression of generosity and contributed in some profound way. Even our local cabs generously did their part by providing free service home from the event.
The Memorial began with a service officiated by Monsignor Gerraghty, Father Burke, and Reverend Jan Powell, and a beautiful candlelight ceremony memorializing the names of all those who perished. The tears shed for our collective family penetrated to the depths of all our hearts, a bond that will never be broken.
After the service, the dance floor was cleared and together we changed gears and began our celebration of the lives lost and of those who remain....and we rocked the rock like only Rockaway can! Gerald Bair and his wife Rhonda and gorgeous son Matthew performed some of our favorite songs like "Driving out of Rockaway" and also Gerald's new song, "This Changed Everything". Matthew Bair is a talent whom we will certainly see rise in the music industry one day. Like father and mother, like son! Breezy Point's Ed Deacy sang his mellifluous renditions of Irish favorites, and D.J. Tommy Healy rocked the crowd out in a big tent in the parking lot. Even "Frank Sinatra" was there! Mondo would have loved it! And the pipes, the pipes of the NYFD and NYPD, were calling...
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of Liberty."---John Fitzgerald Kennedy
***Happy Birthday wishes to Rosemary Sullivan Murphy who celebrated her day as she dined with family members at Kennedy's. Her husband John Murphy, mother Rosemary, brother James Conway Sullivan, Danny and Wendy Sullivan with their two adorable boys, and Aunt Audrey and Uncle Joe Burns were all there!
***Get well wishes to Jack McCann of By-the-Sea Real Estate.
***The Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Rockaway Music and Arts Council will host a Canrnegie Hall Concert Series at Beach Channel High School on November 8 at 7:30 pm. The concert is free; and since a large audience is expected, you should arrive early for the choice seating!
***Sincere thanks to Mrs. Lucia Greenberg, of The League of Women Voters, who moderated the debate sponsored by The Wave. I also thank our wonderful panelists: Joanie George, John Lepore, and Gary Toms, and Liz Sulik for her opening remarks. I will tell you more about it next week.
***Please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6. For Mayor, for me, it's Mike Bloomberg! Good luck to John Baxter, Robert Curran, Joann Ariola and Joe Addabbo in their race for the City Council.